Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ronaldo Shows What Jose's Missing; Winger's Magical Double Highlights Why His Former Boss Must Bolster Striking Options at Chelsea

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ronaldo Shows What Jose's Missing; Winger's Magical Double Highlights Why His Former Boss Must Bolster Striking Options at Chelsea

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Byline: Steve Brenner in Miami

Chelsea 1 real madrid 3 Steve Brenner in Miami AFIRST defeat, thanks to a player with whom he fell out, and a nightmare return against a club who turned against him.

It's fair to say Jose Mourinho's date with Real Madrid here in the early hours of this morning didn't exactly go to plan. But the newly self-anointed Calm One won't be fretting. Far from it.

In the debrief of this first loss of his second Chelsea coming, 65 days after leaving the Bernabeu, obvious aspects will smack the Chelsea boss in the face.

He knows all about the magic of Cristiano Ronaldo, whose double strike here in Miami was right out of the top drawer and proves just why he will go down as one of the greatest talents of all time.

The fact Ronaldo and Mourinho were embroiled in a typical tit-for-tat war of words in the build up just gave the former Manchester United star more reason to hit his ex-boss where it hurts. Ronaldo was the difference. But it was no more than Mourinho would have expected.

It was also laid apparent, once again, that although the spine of this current, youthful Blues side is strong, in attack is where adjustments need to be made.

Mourinho gave Romelu Lukaku the chance to really stake his claim for a starting role by putting him up top, with Eden Hazard, Oscar and Frank Lampard pushing up behind him.

Unfortunately for the Belgian, it didn't work. There were a few decent openings yet his finishing let him down. The service he received was lacking at times but Lukaku, 20, struggled to make any mark. He is certainly one for the future. Mourinho, though, has enough rough diamonds to polish and it will be interesting to see how he approaches the final match on their US tour, against Roma in Washington DC on Saturday.

He needs an experienced frontman to complement his younger guns, so there is no surprise that the move for Wayne Rooney will refuse to go away.

The sight of Fernando Torres coming on just does not put the frighteners on teams. …

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